Category Archives: education

Julia’s dream: prosthetics for a better world

BY SUSAN KEETER Julia Rogers’ dream is to design prosthetics for amputees. As a high school student in Lagos, Nigeria, Rogers saw people who faced tremendous obstacles trying to meet their basic needs. “Dad would be driving me home from … Continue reading

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Memoir focuses on race and medicine

BY SUSAN KEETER In “Black Man in a White Coat,” Damon Tweedy, MD, uses memoir to grapple with the evidence that, in his words, “being black is bad for your health,” shorthand for the fact that many diseases are more … Continue reading

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In this Upstate classroom, se habla español

BY JIM HOWE Si nadie entiende mi lengua en el hospital, ¿cómo van a entender mis problemas médicos? If you had trouble understanding that first sentence, you can probably sympathize with a Spanish speaker who might say it. It means, … Continue reading

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Run, hide, fight: What to do if you are caught in an ‘active shooter’ situation

BY AMBER SMITH News coverage of mass shootings shows that such unpredictable violence can happen anywhere. How can you be prepared? Knowing what to expect and having a plan can help improve your odds of survival, says Chief Paul Waltz … Continue reading

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Screening kits help catch colon polyps

More than 2,500 colon cancer screening kits were distributed in the first two years that Upstate Medical University partnered with Kinney Drugs to provide the kits for free during March, Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Of the 103 people whose results … Continue reading

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A quick, easy look at what’s offered through upstate.edu/cancer

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Why I served my country: Veterans tell how military experience opened doors, broadened outlooks, taught valuable skills

BY JIM HOWE For some it was a way to afford college or gain entry into the working world. For others, it was duty. Military service changes the lives of many Americans, including several who now work in a variety … Continue reading

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A sculptor shares her life history

BY JOEL POTASH, MD On the back wall of Upstate University Hospital’s lobby is a bronze plaque memorializing the Syracuse Dispensary. It was created in 1964 by the artist Dorothy Riester. As she neared her 99th birthday last fall, Riester … Continue reading

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‘Hello, and welcome’ to Upstate’s new president

Upstate Medical University’s new president, Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, is a native of Haiti who immigrated to the United States in 1962 and who speaks multiple languages. When you meet her, surprise her by saying “hello, and welcome” in a language … Continue reading

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How to train doctors who will care for the underserved

An analysis of the mission statements for every American medical school reveals a recipe for producing doctors who will provide primary care to communities in need. Many students begin medical school idealistically, with a desire to become primary care doctors … Continue reading

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